FOR a Marvel fan boy like me, Covid could mean it’s quite a while before the next phase of Hollywood films from the Cinematic Universe hit our cinema screens.
Thank goodness for consoles, eh?
Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 and Xbox brings us a new cinematic storyline that showcases all your favourite characters as well as introducing us to a plucky young teen superfan named Kamala Khan.
The campaign’s gameplay starts with A-Day, a celebration of all things Avengers, until disaster strikes with a mysterious terror cell interrupting and destroying a helicarrier which our young hero manages to escape from.
It rattles along at a decent pace with Khan trying to locate the Avengers one at a time to try and defeat the evil plot behind the A-Day disaster.
One thing that grates is the lack of any real weight behind any of the Avengers and with the storytelling history behind each of the characters, there could have been more made of individual plotlines rather than just concentrating on the overall story.
The cinematics look excellent and are a real shot in the arm for the game and the millions of Marvel fans.
And even with what many would call “imposters” voicing all the fan favourites, it still manages to hold its appeal, in fact, after 20 minutes I wasn’t thinking of Hemsworth and co anymore.
Each character has their own skill set but feel largely the same when it comes to combat physics.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hulk as a fight companion but Iron Man, Black Widow and even Thor all have the same fight skills with a few additions for their weapons thrown in.
The lead character Kamala Khan, however is a brilliant depiction of a young superfan who gushes over her heroes from start to finish and lends herself well to the overall emotion created between the player and the storyline.
SHEILD helicarrier the Chimera acts as a great base for your Avengers to concoct their plan of action and take on missions to get to their own endgame but these small interactions are where the character building ends.The storyline is great and the ending is epic with a capital E, but the ability to take on war zones with other online players is hit and miss and you never really need help other than being revived if you are downed.
But with the promise of new Avengers being introduced like Spider-man and Hawkeye, it will be interesting, just like in the films, to see what comes next.